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March 14, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time and the Gospel of the Third Way
If Madeleine L’Engle’s portrayal of communism as the evil "other" was not unusual, her antidote...
January 17, 2018
Crusade University and the Limits of Evangelical Intellectualism
Why Crusade University never got off the ground
December 14, 2017
Can “Evangelicalism” Survive Trump?
Back in the 1980s, Ronald Wells announced that he would like to resign as an...
November 08, 2017
African Spiritism Meets Halloween’s Ghouls in a Small Kentucky Town
Why global Christians are circumspect about Halloween
October 05, 2017
Race Hatred, the Crime of the Age, and the Impotency of Christianity
It was the morning of October 16, 1893. The day dawned bright and frosty, and...
September 13, 2017
Empty Pews? Invite Some Immigrants to America!
Why Steve Bannon's comments on immigration make some sense
February 09, 2017
Heroes of the Faith: True, but not Accurate
Today at the Anxious Bench we welcome Bruce Berglund, professor of history at Calvin College. He...
September 14, 2016
Mother Teresa, Eastern Kentucky, and Transnational Charity
The canonization of Mother Teresa on September 4 was a global affair. The coronation occurred...
August 31, 2016
The Space Between and the Migration of Identity
Today's guest post comes from Jenny McGill. She is the author of Religious Identity and...
June 22, 2016
Moving Beyond “When Helping Hurts”
This guest post comes from Steve Offutt, a professor of development studies at Asbury Theological...
February 17, 2016
Unexpected Sites of Christian Pacifism: South Korea
South Korea is an embattled nation. Birthed out of brutal Japanese rule from 1910 to...
January 20, 2016
The Global Context of InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter
Part of InterVarsity’s response to the #BlackLivesMatter controversy has been entirely predictable. In part, the...
December 23, 2015
Christmas, Augustine, and the Fornication of Demons
Nothing conjures up good Christmas cheer like St. Augustine. Consider this line from his Sermon...
August 31, 2015
Rome, for Protestants
Most people today ooh-and-aah when they experience or envision a trip to Rome. It was...
August 19, 2015
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as Secular Hymnody
In 1345, on a cold Tuesday night just before Easter, a miracle happened in Amsterdam....
August 05, 2015
A Report from Mennonite World Conference 2015
Mennonite World Conference doesn’t happen every day. In fact, it’s held only once every six...
April 27, 2015
Show a Bishop some Hospitality
On Monday, April 20, Boston’s Archbishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, visited Gordon College, where I teach....
March 18, 2015
The Entrepreneurial Evangelicals
The title refers not to Sam Walton of Wal-Mart fame or to George Pepperdine, who...
February 18, 2015
Despite some recent reports that the second ceasefire in the war in Ukraine is “generally...
July 09, 2014
Spirits Eat Ripe Papaya
It’s beach-reading season—and I have a can’t-miss recommendation. Spirits Eat Ripe Papaya, the debut novel...
April 30, 2014
Last week several dozen scholars of religion met at the University of Southampton in the...
February 12, 2014
Campus Ministry in America: The Australian Connection
As the mid-twentieth century American evangelical renaissance bloomed, a whole host of evangelical ministries intent...
January 08, 2014
An Appalachian Revivalist in Queen Victoria’s South Africa
In 1866 William Taylor, a renegade Wesleyan evangelist from the Appalachians, arrived in the south...
October 17, 2013
The Issue of our Day
This week I read a news article that broke my heart and called me to...
May 28, 2013
Hope for Revival in Britain?
My family and I just returned from two weeks in the U.K., and while we...
March 14, 2013
American Evangelicals’ Global Vision Began in Korea
Guest Post by Miles S. Mullin, II, J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies, Southwestern Seminary...
October 15, 2012
Two Anniversaries: Vatican II and the 95 Theses
Two noteworthy anniversaries are marked this month: the 50th anniversary of the opening of the...
September 11, 2012
“Tweet for Youcef”: Social Media and Religious Liberty
The happy news came this weekend that long-imprisoned Iranian Christian convert and pastor Youcef Nadarkhani had...
July 04, 2012
MISSIONS AND DEMOCRACY
We don’t normally look for major pieces about the history of Christian missions in the...
May 11, 2012
I am a great admirer of the journalist John L. Allen, whose 2009 book The...
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